Andrea Lobo, science writer —

Andrea Lobo holds a PhD in cell biology/neurosciences from the University of Coimbra-Portugal, where she studied stroke biology. As a research scientist for 19 years, Andrea participated in academic projects in multiple research fields, from stroke, gene regulation, cancer, and rare diseases. She has authored multiple research papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Articles by Andrea Lobo

New FAP-causing gene mutation ID’d in elderly man in Argentina

A new mutation in the TTR gene was identified as the cause of late-onset familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) in an elderly man in Argentina, a small case study indicates. The case highlights “the importance of including FAP-TTR among early differential diagnosis in patients with presumably idiopathic [of uncertain cause]…

FAP-like profile seen in brothers with heart damage-linked mutation

Two Italian brothers carrying V122I, a TTR gene mutation often linked to hereditary ATTR amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy (hATTR-CM), developed neurological symptoms that resembled familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), with little or no heart involvement, a study shows. The cases add to the growing number of studies reporting symptoms of nerve…

Sudoscan noninvasive skin test may help improve early FAP diagnosis

Sudoscan, a commercial device that evaluates sweat gland function, might be a useful noninvasive tool to assess damage to small nerve fibers in people with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), a small study showed. Those small nerve fibers usually are affected in the early stages of the disease, leading to symptoms like…

Amvuttra for FAP Among Specialty Treatments Offered by Soleo Health

Soleo Health, a U.S. national provider of pharmacy services, announced that Amvuttra (vutrisiran), an approved treatment for adults with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), has been added to its portfolio of specialty treatments. Amvuttra was developed by Alnylam Pharmaceuticals to treat FAP, also known as hereditary transthyretin-mediated (hATTR) amyloidosis with…